The Cherry Bowl Drive In Theatre opened in 1953 in Northwest Michigan, the Cherry Capital of the world. Our screen tower was widened in the late 1950's to accept the "New" phenomenon, "Cinemascope," a larger aspect ratio than was previously available. Look closely during our "Vintage" cartoons to see the size of movies before cinemascope.
Our sound system consists of the original vacuum tube motiograph amplifiers, that still power our speakers at the speaker posts. (These posts also light up with a warm red glow for a truly exceptional visual experience during the presentation.) We have also added the option of FM Radio sound so you can hear the entire sound track of the preshow, feature, and vintage footage through your own in car stereo system.
Our picture throw is 100 yards from our projection booth to Northern Michigan's largest movie screen. Although we still own the carbon arc antique original projectors, we use modern projectors, with Xenon gas filled bulbs as light sources, and a state of the art platter
system for film handing in order to
provide our guests with the best
possible movie going experience.
The screen is continually filled for
your nostalgic drive in theatre
experience from vintage film,
cartoons and two current releases.
We always play a double feature.
Looking for a Great Night of Fun for the Whole Family? The Cherry Bowl Drive-In is the Place for You!
Come Early. Pick your Spot. Order a delicious homemade dinner.
Play some Mini-Golf.
Sit Back and Relax!
You just took a Giant Step Back into the Fabulous 50’s with the
Cherry Bowl Family.
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